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Carving the Philadelphia ball and claw foot with Mary May

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Carving the Philadelphia ball and claw foot with Mary May


Today we will begin a new series this blog will be about carving the Philadelphia ball and claw foot as taught by master carver Mary May. I met Mary a few months ago and after some negotiation she agreed to help us with this project. So for you to complete this series and follow along you’re going to need a few things including a set of the right carving tools and a DVD that you can buy from Mary On her website. The tools we will be using in our videos and in the blog were supplied to us by the Robert Larson Company the sole distributor of Two Cherries Toolslogo2 e you can purchase the same tools or buy them from a different vendor but we encourage you to try the Two Cherries .We have a full set of these tools and feel they are a great value they are top shelf Quality and you will be pleased with the price vs other carving tools. Next you will need to Buy the DVD you can do that here. And you may also buy a casting from Mary this will help you to visualize the way your foot should look when it is carved. After you have your DVD you will have a clear idea of what you are going to need as far as wood goes Mary has told me we should all start out with Bass Wood as it is easy to carve and is Ideal for us beginner carvers. Once you have your DVD you will get a list of the recommended tools you will need for the carving I recommend you do not substitute any of the tools as Mary has said the tool selection is vital for your success. I will Start Part two Of this Blog next week this will give you time to get your DVD and order your tools if you’re going to follow along.


until next week


Lance Granum

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We have been working in the shop the past few weeks testing more tools. Whats coming up soon will be some new stuff from Guhdo, Freud , Diablo, Hide a horse, Jack Rabbit, Rockler, Lie Nielsen, De Walt, EasyWood Tools, And much more Please stay tuned for our Giant Router Bit Showdown, And Our Combination Saw Blade Roundup. Also Be sure to see the new Video reviews being posted this week from Stumpy


  • Steven Palmer
    Steven Palmer Monday, 18 February 2013

    Okay so you peaked my interest, I really don't need a set of carving tools as I have quite a few already.. But what is this great price that you have? I may have to break down and buy them just because.. Or can I just supplement the set I have with the few that are missing from you all?? thanks...Papa

  • thedude
    thedude Monday, 18 February 2013

    Well I am about a week behingd on a few projects including this one but I will publish the required tool list this week so please stay tuned

  • bubba2
    bubba2 Sunday, 29 June 2014


    can I still watch the vids or is it too late

  • thedude
    thedude Sunday, 29 June 2014

    yes and no

    Walter this project never got done due to illness we will be doing it soon thanks for reminding us we dropped the ball on this one

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